Shopkeeper’s trial for kidnapping delayed
The trial of a Toronto shopkeeper accused of chasing, tackling andtying up a suspected thief is being put over to next month as the Crowndecides whether he will continue to face kidnapping charges.
The trial of a Toronto shopkeeper accused of chasing, tackling and tying up a suspected thief is being put over to next month as the Crown decides whether he will continue to face kidnapping charges.
Wang (David) Chen, who owns the Lucky Moose Food Mart, was charged on May 28 with kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault of an accused shoplifter.
Surveillance video at Chen’s supermarket caught a man stealing $50 worth of plants.
When the man returned an hour later, the shopkeeper and employees began to question him.
The man fled and Chen and two employees allegedly chased him down, tied him up and put him in a delivery truck to await police.
The three were arrested and charged.
Their alleged victim pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in August but was given a lighter sentence because he agreed to testify against Chen.
Chen has won vocal support from members of his community, some of whom started the Victims’ Rights Action Committee after the charges were laid.
His lawyer, Peter Lindsay, said outside court today that pre-trial meetings with the Crown counsel were “not very productive.”
Chen will reappear in court Nov. 3, when the Crown is expected to announce whether kidnapping charges will be pursued.